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Climate impacts on social protection systems

It is becoming increasingly recognised that social initiatives in the agricultural and food security sectors are as much at risk from climate change as other development approaches, and are unlikely to succeed in reducing poverty if they do not consider the short and long-term shocks associated with climate change. ASP therefore aims to address this concern by developing climate change-resilient social protection programmes that support rural livelihoods. This can be achieved through the integration of risk management tools, such as weather-indexed micro-insurance mechanisms, into social protection systems to enhance their robustness in the face of variability and change. It will also be necessary to understand the implications of climate change for key social protection design variables, such as demand, scaling up (e.g. moving from projects to programmes), predictability and graduation.

Recommended reading

Resilience of rural communities to climatic accidents: a need to scale up socio-environmental safety nets (Madagascar, Haiti)
L. Bockel; M. Thoreux; S., D. Sayagh / EASYPol 2009
Lack of resilience to climatic accidents seems to be one of the main reasons for the transformation of climatic accidents into environmental, economic and social disasters for rural communities. Focusing particularly on Madagasca...